Agencies: ‘Deficiencies’ in FERC’s report on MVP

Five federal agencies have contacted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission citing alleged deficiencies in its draft environmental impact study (EIS) on the proposed $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The 2,600-page report is still “missing critical information,” the U.S. Department of the Interior said in a Dec. 23 filing with FERC, Kallanish Energy reports.

That view was supported by three Interior agencies: the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service also concurs, Interior said.

Interior, in its 110-page report, said the “current EIS lacks sufficient information to perform adequate analysis of impacts to DOI resources” including trails, parks and historical sites.

A final EIS has not yet been released by FERC.

The 301-mile pipeline would carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

More than 16,000 people have submitted comments or signed petitions to FERC against the pipeline, asking the agency to reject the draft EIS. They want it completely redone.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is being developed by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, a joint venture of six companies. It will be operated by EQT Midstream.